Ginger Beer

Are you thinking of making your own ginger beer? I am on a journey to make ginger bug sodas. So far I have made some really tasty ones but I still can’t get it really fizzy. Here is the result from my first few attempts. If you haven’t checked out how to make a ginger bug, go to the post where I started this ginger beer journey.

You will first need an active ginger bug for this recipe. I tried two different recipes. One using coconut sugar and the other using raw cane sugar and lime. You can tell if you have a good ginger bug by how bubbly it is

For my first attempt, I used 6 tbsp of coconut sugar, 1/4 cup of ginger bug, 4 tbsp of grated ginger and about 3 cups of water.

I filled the jar with these ingredients and mixed well.

You can see on the right is my ginger beer with coconut sugar. It is a lot darker than the ginger bug on the left.

I was excited for this one since it looks like root beer, but after trying it I was not a fan. The ginger beer was really malty and not very sweet. The process of making the beer is the same as making the ginger bug. Mix all the ingredients well. Cover with a coffee filter and let it sit in room temperature in a cupboard for about 5 days. (or until you get bubbles) Stir the beer at least once or twice a day.

After letting the ginger beer sit in room temperature for about 5 days, the ginger beer got really fizzy. I thought leaving it out longer would result in a fizzier beer but soon the bubbles were lost.

I think once you see bubble like this forming, it is a crucial stage. I would put the ginger beer in the fridge at this time to slow the fermentation. My second and third attempt, I made the beer using raw cane sugar and lemon/lime juice. This combination was my favorite.

This is what my ginger beer looked like after stirring. This was my best batch as it was fizzy, sweet and tangy with a strong ginger taste.

Chill and strain the the beer. Enjoy.

Ginger Beer

I have been trying different ratios of ginger, sugar and lime/lemon. This is my favorite combination so far.

  • 6 tbsp of grated ginger
  • 6 tbsp of raw cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (you can use lemon but I liked the taste of lime juice)
  • 1/4 cup ginger bug
  • 3 cups filtered water

Mix together the ingredients, making sure the sugar is dissolved. Cover with a coffee filter and place in a dark cupboard for 5 days. Stir daily. The ginger beer will be ready when it start foaming and bubbles appear. Place in the fridge when ready and enjoy a nice refreshing drink.

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